September 20, 2007 Subject:
Political Correctness And Family Values Bizarro World
Being 50, I watched Felix cartoons on TV when I was tiny. But I have never seen these super oldies. As a kid I mourned as the Felix cartoons on TV were gradually censored each year. First the entire collection that included Master Cylinder, easily my favorite villain, completely disappeared from the tube. Then with time every single Poindexter episode disappeared. That didn't leave much left but regular old Felix adventures and those with the Professor. What was that all about? Was Master Cylinder too scary for some family values lobby here in the USA? Was it politically incorrect to make fun of geeks like Poindexter, the genius boy who always wore his mortar board hat? Imagine my surprise watching THIS cartoon from the 1920s, presumably during Prohibition, with Felix getting roaring drunk on screen! That certainly would not pass the censorship of the neo-con-jobs of today. Meanwhile in our age we have murder and gore every night at 8 pm, competing phone sex ads, a child of 4 has learned every possible female reproductive organ ailment, every kid sees dozens of commercials every day about penis enlargement, and or course we have all been trained to believe that there is a corporate manufactured drug to cure every ailment we can imagine. Remember in the 1970s when scenes of Under Dog taking is Super Vitamin Pill were censored from the show after parent complaints?! It is fascinating how human perceptions, politics and value concepts change as a culture evolves.
August 1, 2007 Subject:
Not a bad performance on Felix's part. The animation is, of course, basic, but it has a few more interesting twists than the average Felix cartoon. And this one has bit more of a story to contain the gags than the usual Felix. The highlight is seeing Felix under the influence.
Cartoon alcohol must be a different substance than we know in our world, judging from the reactions of cartoon characters after just one sip.
No sound but that may be a plus. Most of the PD versions of silent films have pretty lousy music slapped on.